7 tracks that defined Solomun’s ’10 Years of Diynamic’ showcase in LA
7 tracks that defined Solomun's '10 Years of Diynamic' showcase in LA
Solomun launched Diynamic in 2006, cultivating a powerhouse imprint whose sounds resonated highly with the global underground. The label has a reputation of leaning toward eclectic, intelligent cuts of electronic music, ranging from classical-infused offerings from regulars Stimmng and Johannes Brecht to the esoteric, melodically dark selections of Adriatique and Thyladomid.
Having reached the decade mark of its existence, Solomun elected to celebrate the imprint’s anniversary by enlisting his Diynamic colleagues for an international tour showcasing the label’s current sonic profile. The party touched down in LA as December commenced, hosted by Insomniac as part of the company’s new, underground-oriented Factory 93 series.
Read on for our picks of the top 7 tracks that defined the 10 Years of Diynamic showcase in Los Angeles.
photo credit: Factory 93
Salt-n-Pepa - Push It (Jamie Jones Edit)
Played by: Magdalena
Magdalena is a woman who knows how to read a crowd, calmly controlling their collective psyche through the decks as she navigates an excellent playlist built to invigorate her listeners. Nostalgia ran rampant throughout the crowd as soon as the iconic topline of her choice closing pick — Jamie Jones’ edit of “Push It” — began pulsating through the speakers, sparking loads of frantic dancing and bringing smiles of recognition to everyone’s face. The energetic track ended her groover of a set on a bright note, fully preparing her audience for Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s heartier set afterwards.
The Black 80s - Move On (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)
Played by: Kollectiv Turmstrasse
Kollektiv Turmstrasse served as the night’s first live set, offering up a bevy of the duo’s own original works and other favorites in an experimental and energetic fashion that resonated well with their audience. One such work that locked in the set’s energy at its halfway mark was their edit of the Black 80s’ “Move On,” whose smooth, rolling nature emulated Kollektiv’s timeless appeal. Played over the warehouse’s speaker systems, “Move On’s” vocals had an ethereal effect, setting in an entrancing bliss that carried on throughout the rest of the set.
Stimming - For My Better Half
Played by: Stimming
Alpe Lusia, Stimming’s 4th album, added a particularly moving edge to Diynamic’s 2016 repertoire as the artist took listeners on a journey through the producer’s innermost thoughts inspired by a trip to the Alps. Those observing his live performance at Factory 93 were blessed with many of its tracks, a standout being the ever-anthemic “For My Better Half.” Its moving vocals and dissonant saxophone samples echoed throughout the warehouse space, creating a soaring, “hands in the air” effect whilst its powerful kicks locked feet into dance mode.
Solomun - Let It Out (ft. Liu Bei)
Played by: Solomun
Cheers erupted as the boss man himself, Solomun, took over the booth for what was an hour and a half of clips appropriate for the dark, crowded setting. Naturally, the Diynamic leader opted to play out his new single “Let It Out,” off of the 10 year anniversary compilation. Lush rhythms characteristic of his work ensnared listeners until the very end of the track, only fading into the background briefly to allow for a touching moment brought on by Liu Bei’s warm vocals during its breakdown.
Artbat & Rafael Cerato - Uplift
Played by: Solomun
Another weapon Solomun chose has yet to be released, but has been a favorite of his to bust out in sets as of late. It’s titled appropriately as “Uplift” by its writers Rafael Cerato and Artbat, taking the mind on a tantalizing voyage through vintage vocal samples, hearty plucks, and funk-tinged synth melodies that conjure images of older, carefree times. Meanwhile, its deep, underlying bass and pungent percussion contrast with the piece’s more uplifting elements just enough to make it a solid pick for the afterhours dancefloor.
Dinky - Slowly (Radio Slave Remix Version 1)
Played by: Adriatique
Adriatique closed the night on an unexpectedly welcome dark note, injecting the show’s final hours with a series of brooding pieces that explored a level deeper than the previous acts. Radio Slave’s edit of Dinky’s “Slowly” exemplifies this notion — its heavy kicks and cunning background accents play up chilling vocals of the original, which bounced off the walls to cause goosebumps while listening. This ripper was played just at the beginning of the outfit’s set, signaling an intense listening experience ahead.
Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy - Atlas (Adriatique Remix)
Played by: Adriatique
No recent Adriatique set is complete without their edit to “Atlas” by Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy. The re-work has been ravenously consumed by the electronic world this year, sitting at the top of Beatport’s general chart for weeks and achieving copious amounts of airplay in others’ sets. Despite its atmospheric and melodic overtones, “Atlas (Adriatique Remix)” leveled the Factory 93 floor right as the night was coming to a close. The crowd’s reaction was to have one final bout of unified, excited movement before it was time to retreat home to the real world.